Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? – Guy Consolmagno, SJ, and Paul Mueller, SJ

Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: . . . and Other Questions from the Astronomers’ In-box at the Vatican Observatory by Guy Consolmagno My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is structured around a half dozen particular questions we’ve been asked time and again—questions that are interesting in themselves but that tend also to presuppose [Read More...]

Movie Review: Calvary

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We usually just discuss books around here but this movie was unusual enough that I wanted to share it also. Also, there is a brief H.P. Lovecraft inclusion. Is there anything that Lovecraft can’t improve? I think not. ============ Not for the faint-of-heart. But simply astounding. A real masterpiece that provides food for thought for [Read More...]

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan My rating: 3 of 5 stars “[...] We keep a record for every member, and for every customer who might yet become a member, in order to track their work.” He paused, then added, “Some of them are working very hard indeed.” “What are they doing?” “My boy,” [Read More...]

Children’s Books: Women of the Bible by Margaret McAllister

Women of the Bible by Margaret McAllister My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Rescuing animals is only the start of it,” said Mother Noah. She scooped up a handful of seeds and placed them carefully in her pocket. “If God wants to send a flood, it’s very good of him to ask Noah to put [Read More...]

Great Summer Reads: The Book Thief

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I read this book almost 18 months ago, and though I read it in the winter, it struck me then as a great summer read. My first reaction to it was something to the effect of: What a read! I LOVED IT! This book was wonderful, though in a “tough topics all around” sort of way. [Read More...]

Children’s Books: “The gospel according to… dog” by Peter D. Ward

The gospel according to… dog: ‘the greatest story ever told’… by a dog by Peter D. Ward My rating: 4 of 5 stars ‘Come Lazarus!’ I have never heard the Wisest One shout so loudly. ‘Come, Lazarus… come out to me!’ again he shouted. The Great Ones [men] all looked at each other uneasily, the [Read More...]

Review: Therese, Faustina and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith…

Elizabeth Ficocelli is a talented writer and one of her recent books is no exception. Therese, Faustina and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love These are three saints I knew a good amount about and so biography-wise I did not expect to learn much from [Read More...]

The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov My rating: 5 of 5 stars Like most people on the over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley has little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to help track [Read More...]

Great Summer Reads: Do No Harm

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I’m a biiiiig fan of novels. In fact, I’ve been known to reward myself with fiction after I’ve read some certain number of nonfiction books. I used to think that made me something of a slacker. I mean, surely the great theologians don’t read fluffy stories before bed. Of course the scholars are always immersed [Read More...]

On the Shoulders of Hobbits by Louis Markos

On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis by Louis Markos My rating: 5 of 5 stars We need the truth, but we also need to know how to live in and through and by that truth. What we need, in short, are stories. Louis Markos begins with the idea [Read More...]


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